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Program Requirements

2017-2018 Full Course cycle registrations will be held from July 5th to September 21st, 2017.

To obtain CCOA (Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant) certification, optometric assistants may register for the full program, or by individual module (recommended for those who work at a slower pace or for those who only wish to complete certain modules.)

Full Program:  36 weeks

  • complete nine Modules with assignments, submitted by the indicated due dates (progressively unlocked via student dashboard)
  • demonstrate and master practical skills, by completing the Practical Skills Checklist
  • attend a regional CCOA Program Workshop for review of critical concepts from each module
  • write the CCOA Examination in June
  • achieve a minimum grade of 75%

Individual Module: Up to 24 months

  • complete nine Modules with assignments, submitted by the indicated due dates
  • demonstrate and master practical skills, by completing the Practical Skills Checklist
  • attend a regional CCOA Program Workshop for review of critical concepts from each module (additional fees apply)
  • write the CCOA Examination in June (additional fees apply)

An overview of the content in each of the modules is available here.  

Workshops

The workshop is an integral component of the Full Course curriculum.  Assistants benefit from experienced instructors delivering in-depth review of critical concepts from each course Module. The workshop is designed to meet the training needs of those who are new or more experienced in providing optometric assistance.

Registration: November 1 – December 1, 2017

2018 Schedule:

  • January 6-7, 2018                 Vancouver, BC
  • January 13-14, 2018             Calgary, AB
  • February 10-11, 2018          Halifax, NS
  • February 24-25, 2018          Winnipeg, MB
  • March 3-4, 2018                   Toronto, ON

Final Exam:        

  • must be written during the June exam period
  • two hours, closed book, multiple choice
  • limited to two re-writes (NB: fees apply)

Results:

  • An overall grade of 75% is required to achieve CCOA certification
  • Weighted grade of 40% Module assignments, 60% Exam.
  • Results are provided immediately after completing the final exam.
  • CCOA certificates are mailed to CCOAs directly.